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Which dentist does braces? Which dental specialist should you consult when looking for dental braces?
For starters, it is imperative to understand that there are very many types of dentists. Contrary to general belief, not all dentists are the same and each dentist has his area of specialization. Dentistry is very wide and has numerous branches within itself. For every dental condition or need, there is always a professional who is best placed in terms of expertise and training to handle the condition.
Today, we are looking at the dental specialist who is tasked with handling braces and what their job description is. As we are all aware, braces are a form of corrective treatment aimed at straightening crooked, misaligned and overcrowded tooth. Braces are a system of wires and brackets which are fitted in front of or behind teeth to help pull them into the desired position. They help improve not just the aesthetics but the overall dental wellbeing of the patient.
Braces fall under a category of dental treatment referred to as orthodontics and this is handled by professionals known as orthodontists. These are individuals who are trained and focus solely on correcting the position of teeth and jaws to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the two. To achieve this, orthodontists use braces and other forms of orthodontic treatment like retainers.
Although braces falls under orthodontics, some general dentists are capable of offering dental braces. Some dentists who are not necessarily orthodontists, undergo special training on teeth straightening and jaw alignment courtesy of companies like Invisalign and Fastbraces and are therefore able to offer orthodontic treatment.
For orthodontists to become fully fledged to offer braces and other forms of corrective treatment, they are required to graduate from an accredited dental school, undergo a further two year training on the jaw and tooth alignment. During this two year training period, orthodontists are trained on the diagnosis, interception and correction of bite problems and offer consultation services on how to prevent worsening of malocclusions.
Once they are done with the two or so years training, the orthodontists then need to practice through internship in a public facility before they are tested by the ADA and getting their licenses of operation.
Scope of services offered by orthodontists
Orthodontists will handle anything from crooked teeth, overcrowded teeth to abnormal teeth. Such teeth are not only a health hazard but compromise with one’s aesthetics. Such teeth deal one’s self confidence a blow and make it hard to chew into foods, communicate and even breathe. It is therefore imperative to get the condition corrected and the teeth aligned to a much more desirable position.
To achieve this, orthodontists employ braces, aligners and other special equipment. The choice of the equipment to be used to correct one’s malocclusion, depends on a number of factors. Factors such as age, severity of the malocclusion and the available resources will determine the type of treatment that the orthodontists settles on.
When to consult a general dentist for braces
As earlier on mentioned, it is possible for general dentists to offer braces. This is very evident in America as more than 40% of all the braces offered in 2016 were offered from a dentist’s office rather than an orthodontist’s office. This goes to show that under certain conditions, it is possible for your general dentist to offer braces.
If your malocclusion is not very severe, if you don’t have overcrowded teeth which might need to be extracted before getting braces or if the teeth are not severely crooked, then your general family dentist can be able to offer braces which will help correct the situation. It only becomes a problem for dentists when need arises to perform oral surgery to realign certain teeth before offering braces.
The decision on the best profession to consult for braces solely rests on the patient. As a patient, you should feel free to consult your general dentist on the need for braces and after diagnosis and examination, your dentist will be able to advise on whether he can offer braces or not. If your dentist has successfully offered braces in the past and feels he can competently handle your case, you should trust him fully.
If you are Spring Texas and are struggling with overcrowded or misaligned teeth and are looking for the best professionals to help you attain a straight smile, look no further than Vita Dental Spring’s way. We offer high quality dental services and braces are our bread and butter. We are capable of offering high quality orthodontic treatment and in the event that your malocclusion is too severe for us to handle, we will gracefully refer you to the best orthodontist known to us.
We are however competent that we can handle majority of the medical conditions and our team of experienced dentists is waiting to address you specific problem. Give us a call or visit our offices in Spring Texas and we will gladly be of service.